Whistleblower Retaliation Findings by CDC Central America Regional HIV Program Manager | Office of Inspector General | Government oversight

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The Special Investigations Branch (SIB) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Inspector General (OIG), has conducted an investigation in response to allegations made by a complainant to the Regional Anti-Corruption Program. HIV from Central America with the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG).[1] The complainant alleged in an OIG hotline submission that while working for the UVG under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) grant, his immediate supervisor and manager of Management (RMO), the director of the Center for Health Studies, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) employees, fired the plaintiff for revealing that federal laws and regulations grants, as well as local employment laws, were repeatedly violated by UVG and CDC. Specifically, investigators found that the Complainant made written and oral protected disclosures to the subjects alleging grant fraud, gross mismanagement, waste of funds, and abuse of authority within the PEPFAR program. OIG investigators found that the director of the Center for Health Studies terminated the complainant’s employment in retaliation for making protected disclosures. The OIG investigation report included recommendations for appropriate action and was provided to the Secretary of HHS, who may seek to implement alternative or additional actions as deemed appropriate.

[1] This region is made up of Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Panama.

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